The Joy of Not Owning

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

When you’re staying at a hotel, do you bring pictures along and nail them up on the walls? Do you leave the water running all day? Do you rip up the towels and use them as rags to clean your car? No. Because you don’t own the hotel room. The Bible says that “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything …

Are You Headed the Right Direction?

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

A compass defines true north. No matter how skilled or unskilled you are at determining your direction, your compass will show the way. Are you sure that your compass is accurate for life direction? Everybody has a compass Everybody follows a guide. Maybe you subscribe to everything Joe Rogan or Dave Ramsey or J.K. Rowling says. Maybe you rely on …

God’s True North

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

How certain are you—right now—of direction? Try this: can you point straight north? Go ahead, point. Now check your compass app on your phone, and see how close you are. Knowing your direction makes all the difference What happens if a ship sets its bearings from Galveston, TX to Miami, FL and then in the middle of the Gulf of …

Membership Means Something

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Presidential candidates have historically distanced themselves from their churches or TV preachers who endorse them. Under scrutiny during a presidential campaign, it’s not a good time for these men to be associated with anyone who can drag them down. Even a pastor or a church. Political decisions? Of course. But the reason the decisions were made highlights the truth that …

Tethered Freedom

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

One man tells of flying a kite with his son in southern Florida during some windy weather. “The wind was strong, and the kite grew smaller and smaller as it tugged against the string. The harder it blew, the higher it rose. Then there was a sickening snap! The string had broken. The kite was free, but it was no …

Give Me Your Last Meal

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Some friends of mine got together to help a widow. We performed some long overdue maintenance and repairs on her home.  We built a new bonus room in the garage and busted up the concrete of a sinking sidewalk. We cut through thick brush and ground cover that had taken over the yard outside. We cleaned ceiling fans and floors …

Obedience

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

King Saul thought he understood the situation better than God. He was wrong. And the prophet Samuel told him so. “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not …

Clouds and Sunshine

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Hope, as commonly used in everyday parlance, means a wish, and is rooted in human desire. Biblical hope, by contrast, is rooted in God’s love that desires us, which is quite different. God’s perspective Biblical hope presents us with a view of life beyond the end of this one. While we can’t see that ourselves, we trust that God can, …